Timetable for decision revealed as Nexus moots bigger scheme

Nexus, the North East Combined Authority’s transport executive, has confirmed that the North East Leadership Board will make a formal decision on whether to proceed with plans for a Quality Contract Scheme in Tyne & Wear this Autumn.

In a paper to the committee meeting held last week, Tobyn Hughes, the deputy director general of Nexus, revealed that both the finalised plans for a QCS which it has produced, plus the alternative vision for a partnership put forward by local bus operators, will be reported to the NELB at its meeting on October 21.

This will include a detailed analysis comparing the two final options that aims to assist the NELB in determining the next steps, if any, to take.

Hughes continued: “It is also intended that the VPA and QCS proposals will additionally be considered by the Tyne & Wear Sub Committee at its scheduled meeting set for September 11, 2014, and the Transport for the North East Committee at its scheduled meeting set for October 9, 2014, in order for them to make any appropriate observations or recommendation/s to NELB to assist in its decision-making.”

Meanwhile, acknowledging the larger remit of the Combined Authority that includes both County Durham and Northumberland, Hughes speculated that this could  present some opportunities in the future.

He continued: “Whilst it would not be practically possible to expand the currently proposed QCS to cover other parts of the CA’s area at this stage primarily because of the timescales involved, there may be potential to develop a larger QCS at a later stage if that proves to be the appropriate course of action in line with any development of the Combined Authority’s transport strategies.


This article appears inside the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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